Monday, February 20, 2017

Broadway Playhouse: Harold Arlen

We were given tickets to Broadway Playhouse for free for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

What: Broadway Playhouse

Where: Kaufman Music Center
            Merkin Concert Hall
            129 W. 67th St.
           New York, NY

Who: All ages
Me - We recently went to another Broadway Playhouse. I love Broadway Playhouse. This one was about Harold Arlen. He wrote the music to the Wizard of Oz. I love The Wizard of Oz. He wrote the music to other things too. I don't really know any of the other stuff, but they sang some of the other songs in the show. There was a sing along to Accentuate the Positive.  I like that song.  They had two times when they called people on stage to help with things. One time was to play a game. I was one of the people that got picked for that. They would say a name or a title or something and replace one of the words with the word blue. If we knew what they correct word was, we had to bang a gong and say the correct word. It was fun! The second time they called kids on stage was to be in munchkins in the Wizard of Oz. They did the Wizard of Oz for the end of the show because everybody loves it. They way they did the Wicked Witch of the East was funny. She was a doll and they made her fly around the stage. Then they dropped her on the floor and threw a house on her. They ended the show when they got to the Emerald City, and they skipped a lot of parts before that too. It was still good though. Over all, I really enjoyed myself, and I would extremely recommend going to  Broadway Playhouse.
Mom - The second Broadway Playhouse of the season was all about Harold Arlen. He is, of course, best known for The Wizard of Oz. However, he  wrote a lot of other famous songs as well including Stormy Weather, Get Happy, and Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive, All or part of each of these songs was sung in Broadway Playhouse along with a bunch of other Harold Arlen songs. The Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the positive sing-a-long was a particular highlight for grown-ups and children alike. As with all Broadway Playhouse shows, prior to the show all children of at least 6 years of age were given the opportunity to put their names into a basket. During the show, if a child's name was chosen he or she got to participate on stage. Some of the children got to play a game. Other got to be part of the finale. As always, all children who were chosen to participate on stage received  a Broadway Playhouse shirt as a memento of their time on stage. The finale was performance of parts of The Wizard of Oz including Somewhere Over the Rainbow and We're Off to See the Wizard. As with all Playhouse Broadway shows, they definitely put their own unique entertaining spin on the show. It was too bad they only got up to the part where Dorothy and her companions reach the Emerald City. I would have liked to see how they ended the show. Broadway Playhouse is definitely a fun way to familiarize kids  with famous composers of the past, and adults who are unfamiliar with particular composers can learn a lot too.
The final Broadway playhouse regarding Alan Menken who is known for many Disney movies including Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid will take place on March 5, 2017. For more information or to order tickers click here.

And that's our view. What famous composer would you like to learn more about?

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

Photo credits: All photos by John Johansen

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